[SPOILERS BELOW FOR THE MOST RECENT EPISODE OF BONES]
“The Corpse at the Convention” was a fun episode of Bones, mainly because of the setting – a forensic sciences convention at which Brennan was a keynote speaker. The whole Jeffersonian team was treated like rock stars, which was fun to see, and seemingly every person at the convention tried to either get a job with them or sell them something. (Including Sean Gunn, a.k.a. Kirk from Gilmore Girls!) This continues once they start investigating the murder that inevitably occurs at the convention. They do find some of the offered equipment useful – including gloves made by the murderer himself – and Cam even has to call security on “experts” who get into the lab trying to impress the team.
Brennan’s speech also provided a great showcase for Booth’s whole-hearted but non-perfect (in a good way) support of her. Before the convention, she’s nervous about her speech and practicing it for him, even though he’s really not the intended audience: he doesn’t get her Schrodinger joke at all, even though it kills in the actual speech later. (I liked it, Brennan!) But what’s more important is that he did reassure her and tell her, completely sincerely, “You are the smartest person in that room.” Aww. I love how they’ve evolved to this point of faith in each other and respect for each others’ awesomeness even when they can’t entirely relate to or understand the specifics. And I loved that she used the joke he suggested in her speech – along with the one she wanted to do, not as a replacement – even though the audience wasn’t into it, because she knew it would make him happy. And I really loved how proud he was of her as he sat there in the audience.
The victim of the week was Hodgins’s former college research partner Leona Saunders, who he now hates because he says she stole millions of dollars of work from him. Hodgins was worth billions at the time so it wasn’t as big a deal, at least financially, but now he needs money, so of course he has to be seen as a suspect. (Again. “It makes me wanna kill someone so you don’t waste your time!” Oh, Hodgins.) I like how this was handled: everyone did their jobs and didn’t give Hodgins a free pass, but it was also made clear that no one on the team really thought he was guilty, and while everyone was a little worried, there was no big “Will Hodgins go to jail?” drama.
Speaking of rivals, we also had the return of Nora Dunn as Tess Brown, the fellow forensic novelist who Brennan said terrible things about in a previous episode. She has started doing at least some research for her books, but she continues to be a pretty terrible person, and tries to use the murder to promote her new book – which happens to be about a murder at a forensics convention. “Do you think I’d commit a murder to get a book deal?” “Yeah, I think you would.” Heh. I love Booth.
And Wendell’s back and in remission! I like that he’s back and also that the team isn’t acting like nothing happened. They’re so happy to have him there and bending over backwards to accommodate him while still treating him as a professional. Hodgins: “You are in remission. You can do whatever you want.” Aww. When he’s late getting back from treatment, they all worry, but it turns out that he’s okay – but one of the men in his clinical trial group has suddenly died. It’s great that Booth is the one he felt able to call for support in this situation – another way that this group is now a family – and that Booth talked him into not giving up hope and coming back to work. They can’t kill someone else off so soon after Sweets, right? Right??
Other favorite lines & points of interest:
- I like how many episodes recently are starting with Booth and Brennan at home. It nicely grounds things in their relationship without having to specifically bring Relationship Issues into every episode.
- “Does everyone in this place hate each other?”
- “Am I hurting someone?” “Yes, you are, someone with a sense of decency.”
- Loved the little touch of Brennan ordering food for Booth at the diner.
- “I really do think you’re a good guy. So please don’t be the killer!”
- “You’re of no use to me if your cancer returns and you die, Mr. Bray.” Oh, Brennan.
- “So you’ve cheated on your wife, now you’ve turned it into a poem. That’s great.”
- “Which you titled Hotter Than My Heart. That’s kind of a crime in itself.”
- On the murderer’s research from jail: “I look forward to seeing it.” “Really, Bones?” “Really.” Heh.